What to Expect
Your Canadian Rockies vacation includes 5 provinces in 11 days with 2-night stays in three destinations (Vancouver, Banff, and Toronto) and a 1-night stay in Kamloops. Plus, three nights aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian
and two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
train. Please note that the railways are shared with many other train companies, so uncontrollable delays are to be expected.
Most sightseeing during your trans-Canada rail trip will be on air-conditioned coaches with guides. Most walking is easy, but some areas have rocky terrain or require uphill walking, with easy paths or steps are available. Snow coach ride at Athabasca Glacier is easy for all ages.
Focus is on Canada's vast scenery, from city to mountaintop. Banff and Jasper National Parks are part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Includes nature and wildlife tours and lecture, plus a Snow coach ride on a glacier.
WHAT TO PACK:
We suggest warm, casual clothing with good walking shoes for this Canadian Rockies vacation. Weather is never predictable, so be sure to to be prepared for just about anything. You'll want to take along a sweater or jacket for cool evenings, even in the summer months. It's a good idea to dress in layers, which will allow you to adjust to changes in temperature with the changes in elevation.
Please note the one carry-on bag limitation imposed by VIA Rail, and pack for the overnights on board accordingly — including any necessary medication.
Train travel is the best, most relaxing way to view much of the magnificent scenery encountered on this trip. Travelers do not stay overnight on the Rocky Mountaineer
train, but stay the night in Kamloops in accommodations arranged by the Rocky Mountaineer Company. Accommodations in Kamloops are very basic, motor-inn style. Travelers should expect to pack one carry-on bag for use on the overnight in Kamloops, as well as the overnight stays aboard The Canadian.
For the three nights on VIA Rail, Vantage includes Sleeper Touring class service. Double sleeping compartments on VIA Rail consist of an upper and lower bed. Single sleeping compartments are smaller and consist of a single lower bed. (See the "Train Accommodations" section for details.)
During your scenic train travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
and VIA Rail's The Canadian
, there are no scheduled disembarkations, other than the overnight in Kamloops during the Rocky Mountaineer
train trip. Some travelers may find it confining to be aboard the VIA Rail train for three days and nights, and should plan for the trip by bringing reading materials or other activities. Please note that with train travel, unexpected delays can occur due to the weather and train traffic.
Please note: Your trans-Canada rail trip will visit some high elevation areas. While driving between Banff and Jasper, the elevation rises to approximately 8,000 feet. High elevations may cause some people to experience mild fatigue. Anyone with concerns about travelling at high elevations should contact their personal physician.